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NZ aim to purge Lord’s pain in World Test final

New Zealand will play in the World Test Championship final
New Zealand will play in the World Test Championship final

WELLINGTON - The Black Caps won’t let past agonies at England’s famed Lord’s Cricket Ground hamper their quest to win the inaugural World Test Championship final later this year, Coach Gary Stead said yesterday.

New Zealand earned a place in the decider - to be held at Lord’s from June 18 - after Australia withdrew from a Test tour to South Africa this week due to COVID-19 fears.

The London venue was the scene of the Black Caps’ cruelest defeat, the one-day World Cup final against England in 2019.

Stead insisted history would not weigh on his players as they seek to become the first Test team to be crowned world champions under the new International Cricket Council format.

“What’s happened back in 2019 has been and gone. We can’t change it, we can’t do anything about it,” Stead told reporters.

“Now it’s about us moving to what’s in front of us. I think our guys are professional enough and skilful enough that they’ll be able to do that.”

While denying 2019 was on the Black Caps’ minds, Stead did admit to having a peek at the rule book to see what would happen if the World Test Championship final was tied.

“There’s definitely no Super Over,” he said.

“If the match is a draw or a tie there are joint winners.”

New Zealand’s opponent in the final has not been decided, with India, Australia and England all possibilities under the ICC’s complex qualification criteria. Stead refused to nominate a preferred opponent, saying they were all great Test-playing nations.

“I just think it’s magnificent we get the opportunity to play one of them,” he said. AFP